Former National Level Boxer Forced to Work as a Sweeper Due to Poverty

Updated: 04 July 2015 21:53 IST

Former boxer Krishna Raut is 1987 gold medalist and 1992 silver medalist in the National Boxing Championship.

Former national boxer Krishna Rout, who has been cleaning open drains for the past 15 years as a temporary worker of Howrah Municipal Corporation, today said he would appeal to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to give him a permanent government job of dignity.

"Earlier I worked for five years as a sweeper of the Corporation, but in 2005 I was given the job of spraying disinfectants in drains which I have been doing for the past ten years," said the 1987 gold medalist and 1992 silver medalist of the National Boxing Championship.

"It is difficult to run a family of six including a brother suffering from tubercolosis with the paltry sum of Rs 232 a day," said Rout who was the winner of the West Bengal State Open Lalchand Rai Memorial Boxing Championship under 40kg in 1987 improving his runner-up position in the same championship in 1985.

"I'll soon write a letter to the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee seeking a permanent government job of my stature to live a life of dignity," said the 43-year-old former boxer who coaches about 150 children of poor families in the morning before he started his daily labour.

"I hope nobody who has a dream suffers like me in life," Rout said.

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